It’s that time of year again, where coughing, sneezing and sniffling begins to consume our homes and invade our daily lives. It is important that we keep ourselves, but most importantly, our little ones protected from the germs, viruses, and other sicknesses the fall and winter seasons bring. Among the most common Autumn/Winter illnesses are, the Common Cold, Influenza, Strep Throat, RSV/Bronchitis and Pneumonia. With this lengthy list of dreadful sickness, who wouldn’t worry about the well being and health of their child? (I do, every year)
Children are exposed to germs at an all time high, causing them to be more susceptible to the illnesses that come with the seasons. It is impossible to “germproof” your child. You could dress them in a hazmat suit but that wouldn’t be ideal or comfortable, I would imagine (lol!) . Germs are everywhere and being exposed to them them, although sometimes hazardous, is a natural part of our everyday lives. In light of the thought of your little ones contracting these illnesses at some point, there is GOOD NEWS! There are ways, and actions you can take to help prevent your children from getting sick.
Help keep your little ones healthy with these east tips!
It is recommended by the Center for Disease Control, that children six months and older receive the influenza vaccination every year. It is also adamant that your child’s vaccinations are up to date, and that they are attending their Well Baby/Well Child check ups when is it time. If you are unsure as to when your child should be receiving their vaccinations and attending checkups, see the list below courtesy of http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines .
Most healthy children have no need to take vitamins daily, but certain vitamins aid in boosting your child’s immune system, which helps to fight off illnesses and diseases. Children age 6 and younger benefit greatly from Vitamin C. Vitamin C is best known for helping to fight off germs. Choose a vitamin that is perfect for the needs of your child and form a regimen for the Fall and Winter months.
Increase and Encourage Hand Washing
This may be the most important and the most helpful tip ever. Hand washing is a very simple task that can prevent a wide array of disease and illness. It is one of the best and most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Increase hand washing with your children. Always wash you and your child’s hands before eating, after using the restroom, after cleaning your nose or sneezing, and after changing diapers or helping your little one use the restroom.
Always wet you hands with warm water first, then lather them with antibacterial soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds, ( sing the “Happy Birthday Song twice.”) rinse well and dry with a clean towel or air dry. Explain to your child how crucial hand washing is to their health.
Teach Proper Sneezing Techniques
When you are a child, they way you sneeze is not a concern. Children tend to sneeze over everybody and everything, spreading unwanted and potentially harmful germs. Teach you children to sneeze into the inside of their elbow or into a tissue and throw it away. Always encourage them to wash their hands afterwards.
These tips should help keep your little ones healthy this Fall and Winter. Remember, our children’s patterns are a reflection of the things that we do as parents. Children learn by example. If they are exposed to good health habits they will follow suit.
*All information is for educational purposes only and are from my personal experiences. This information is not intended for medical use. Consult your doctor for medical advice.
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